Story last updated at 1:24 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2002

End of summer means time to think about moose huntin
Mary McAnelly
Happenings in Anchor Point

The days are shortening, there is a chill in the evening air, and the flashing yellow school lights are flashing. Fall is quietly converging on the Anchor Point area. The fireweed is still not bloomed out, so there are still some summer days ahead.

Moose-hunting season is here, and that means many locals are preparing for those big hunts and camaraderie time at moose camp. Somehow the word seems to get out to the moose population, for sightings are scarce at this time of year. After the rutting season, they will wander back toward town after insuring that there will be calves in the spring.

Those new to the area should prepare themselves for the sound of rifle fire, as many guns are sighted-in before leaving for camp, and many a moose has been taken in the yard of a residence of the hunter.

It is always good to make sure you have your moose tag on you at all times. Read and become familiar with the current state regulations before hunting. This can prevent a very expensive fine and legal action.

Helping Hands in Anchor Point can always do with more volunteers to help sort, straighten and stock the shelves. If you have some time to spare on Wednesday or Saturday, stop in and offer your help to Peg or Moira.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens serves a dinner every Thursday, at 6 p.m.

Friday is bingo night at the senior center. It is a nice way to end the work week and begin the weekend. The games start at 7 p.m.

The Anchor Point community joined with the family of Nathan Chesser in a memorial service this past week. Mr. Chesser lived the Alaska life. He fished and hunted, built his home from native timber and raised his family here. He gave of himself to his church and the community, as well as his family. Nathan always had a smile and kind word for everyone. Anchor Point will miss his quiet sense of humor.

Many in the Anchor Point Community were saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of former Homer and Anchor Point resident Dave Collinsworth. Dave was living back east near his sister Denise and her family.

Dave was head cook at the Connelly House, Bidarka and Anchor River Inn over the years. He loved to cook and share his culinary fare with family and friends. He volunteered his time at the Anchor Point Senior Center for a time and enjoyed getting to know everyone there. The Anchor Point community joins with Dave's family in their loss.

Have a good week Anchor Point, and drive safely.

Mary McAnelly is a free-lance writer who covers Anchor Point for the Homer News. Items for this column can be e-mailed to her at